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Cauliflower au Gratin

Cauliflower au Gratin: Can Cauliflower get any better? Easy dish for a holiday dinner to dress up a pork chop or ham meal

So I always wonder how the winter is going for everyone – we’re going to be up to 58 tomorrow but I’m bummed because it’s supposed to rain. But it was supposed to snow, so we’re lucky for this heat wave. Then down to 15 degrees by the end of the week.

Cauliflower au Gratin
Cauliflower au Gratin – simple enough and oh so scrumptious!

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Warm Farro Salad with Charred Corn

farro & charred corn salad: easy & a great combination, flavored with lemon & basil. Good warm or cold

Do you ever mess up a recipe and then decide that you liked it so much you couldn’t have it any other way? Well, that’s what happened to this Warm Farro Salad with Charred Corn from the July/August Food Network Magazine. It turned out to be a happy mistake.

Jeff's Warm Farro Salad with Charred Corn
Jeff’s Warm Farro Salad with Charred Corn

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Cowboy Beans – Frijoles Charros Instant Pot

Frijoles Charros: tender, slightly smoky beans flavored with bacon & onion; there's a bit of a kick, they're smokey, saucy and sassy at the same time.

When I lived in the Southwest, I used to miss “Baked Beans.” It seemed that anytime I ate out and ordered beans as a side, they were either Cowboy Beans – Frijoles Charros, or some kind of Barbecued Baked Beans. Now that I’m in the Midwest, I miss those Cowboy Beans. Go figure, huh?

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Frijoles Charros or Cowboy Beans

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German Potato Salad

German Potato Salad: Done in the style of Southern Germany with Bacon & Vinegar. This is based off an old family recipe handed down from Grandma!

If you’ve never had a really good German Potato Salad, you might think you might think you don’t care for it. I know this to be true because I’ve tried, from time to time, grocery store deli German Potato Salad. It doesn’t compare to what you can make at home.

German Potato Salad

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Bacon Ranch Potato Salad

Bacon Ranch Potato Salad - the flavor comes from dry Ranch mix, either home-made or store bought and it's fantastic!

I admit to being surprised that I liked this Bacon Ranch Potato Salad so much, and so did the folks. And I have my lil’ sis (who I no longer consider evil for suggesting such a salad knowing I’m not a Ranch fan) to thank.

Bacon Ranch Potato Salad

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Hasselback au Gratin Potatoes

These potatoes are cheesy & crunchy on the top, creamy deliciousness on the bottom!

I have a little secret. I’ve been holding out on you. See, I’ve been making these Hasselback Scalloped Potatoes for months now and never posted them. They’re amazing, they’re gorgeous and they’re amazing. Oh, I said that already. Well, I can’t say it enough.

Hasselback au Gratin Potatoes
Hasselback au Gratin Potatoes

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Rice with a Puerto Rican Flair

This rice has a Puerto RIcan flair - fantastic with Pernil

I gotta admit that usually when I’m looking for a killer side, I’m thinking potatoes. What can I say? I’m from the North and have Irish roots – so maybe it’s genetic, lol! Sometimes rice just feels right, though, and it definitely did when I served Pernil, an herby, garlicky pork roast with Puerto Rican roots. Whoever guesses what recipe is coming next gets a prize…a free recipe for Pernil!

Puerto Rican Rice
Rice with a Puerto Rican Flair

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My Sister’s Ridiculously Delish Bacon Stuffing

Bacon Stuffing: I was hesitant but this stuffing is out of this world amazing!

Have you ever wished there could be a Turkey Stuffing permeated with the rich flavor and smokiness of bacon? One that’s fantastic in the bird & in a casserole? A seriously crave-worthy stuffing?

Bacon Stuffing or Dressing
Bacon Stuffing or Dressing

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Cheesy Au Gratin Potato Stacks

Cheesy au Gratin Potato Stacks - I thought they'd be fussy but they're super easy and cook fast! And soooo good!!

I’ve been tortured and tantalized for months now with photos and videos of Potato Stacks on Pinterest and Facebook. I was having serious potato envy. I was like, “I want I want I want!!” And finally, I took the leap. Cheesy Au Gratin Potato Stacks. Yum.

Cheesy Au Gratin Potato Stacks
Cheesy Au Gratin Potato Stacks

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Syracuse Salted Potatoes

Syracuse Salted Potatoes - you'd think they'd be too salty but they're not! They're incredibly creamy and quite a treat!

When I was looking for a side for my Spiedies, I saw a comment on Youtube from a lady who said she always served Salted Potatoes with her Spiedies. I was intrigued. See, I’ve heard of potatoes baked in a salt crust, but this was a new one on me!

Syracuse Salted Potatoes
Syracuse Salted Potatoes – you can just see the fine layer of salt.

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